My Sourdough Tools

Bread baking Sourdough Tools  Santanu Misra / June 24, 2021
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Honestly I feel there is no need for me to put a post on the tools you need for your sourdough or bread journey. There are zillions of articles and videos already out there on internet.

I am going to list down the hardware I gathered in my kitchen over the years and which I found useful. And in general they are useful in their own right and could be used for other things. For example our Dutch-Oven has cooked more single pot pasta than anything else.

  • A big oven - Good to have ; mine is Faber 60 Lt Electric almost 8 years old now. The best one to get would be a steam oven or at least a oven which can go higher temperature. Recent time there are many choices in Indian market like IKEA, Siemens, Bosch, Miele and etc.
  • Dutch Oven (Casserole) - Good to have ; mine is Wonderchef Ferro Cast-Iron Oval Casserole 4.4L.
  • Banneton (Proofing Basket) - Oval/Oblong from Bakewale; not a must
  • Razor/Blade - Simple Shaving Blade, in French it is called Lame. Internet is full of fancy one; you do not need them. You start holding the naked blade and you can control it better.
  • Shower Caps - Plastic Bags to cover the bread.
  • Tea Towels - to keep dough damp.
  • Preachment Paper - Oddy Ecobake ; not must I baked without but make life easier.
  • Spray bottle - To spray water on dough in the end
  • Glass Jar - with lid, for storing sourdough starter
  • Measuring Cup - minimum size 500 ml
  • Weighing scale - A MUST
  • Silicone Mat - keeps your work surface clean, easy to manage dough.
  • Scrapper - A MUST, they are extension of your hand without your finger being sticky
  • Hand mixer - In recent time I started to use the hand mixer with dough hook for kneading and I must confess it makes things easy. So you can assume life will be lot easier with stand mixer if you bake a lot.
  • Chop Stick - This is my tool of choice to mix flour and water, you can buy a fancy Danish Dough Whisk Stainless Steel as well :)
  • Silicone spatula - makes scraping easy.
  • Loaf Tin - Making loaf, banana bread many other use.

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My Sourdough Journey in Lockdown

I started a SD starter in the month of May 2021 inspired by one fellow runner.I followed this link to make the starter with whole wheat. The starter was very active with the April heat in Bangalore from Day-2 onwards. I continued the process till day 7 and ended up with lots of SD discards as I was using 120gm fresh feed every time. The rise and doubling was happening fine even though the starter passed the so-called “float test”.

My Baking Tins

I do not want to say these are pans/tins you should buy or avoid. Over the years these are some which we have gathered and baked at least one cake per week if not more in last two years. Of course we have part ways with few others pans over the years. As usual I am mixed bag with my current list… few I would part ways in coming days.